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NW200: Johnson and GBmoto disappointed by double DNF

Gary Johnson forced to retire from Superbike and Superstock races at North West 200 on frustrating roads debut for GBmoto Kawasaki
Gary Johnson endured a disappointing day at the North West 200 on the GBmoto Kawasaki machines after retiring from the Superbike and Superstock races.

Johnson, who was spearheading the team's international roads debut at the famous event, had shown plenty of promise on the Superbike after qualifying in second place but he was forced to retire from the race on lap three with a fault in the tilt switch, which caused the machine to repeatedly cut out.

Johnson had fought his way through to eighth place after starting from 13th in the Superstock race but a clutch issue ruined his chances and he registered another DNF.

“It's been a bit of a tough event, on one hand we've learnt loads with both the Superbike and Superstock machines and have really been able to improve both bikes but on the other, the results unfortunately don't reflect that due to two minor problems which forced us out,” Johnson said.

“Overall I'm happy with the two machines. We were running up there in the Superbike race before a small fault with a sensor meant the bike kept cutting out and we never got to show our true potential in the Superstock race as the clutch fried.

“It's been a great test bed and we know what areas we need to improve or work on ahead of the TT.”

Johnson finished 11th in the Supersport race on Saturday on the Mar-Train Yamaha.

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